What do you do when you wake up at 4 in the morning and can’t get back to sleep? Well, I’d suggest doing what I did: make yourself a nice cup of tea, grab your best pair of headphones, turn off all the lights and settle in to slooshy the final episode of Tales From Beyond The Pale – Season One.
For the unintiated, this is a series of original radio horror stories produced by director Glenn McQuaid (I Sell The Dead) and Larry Fessenden’s Glass Eye Pix. Hosted by Fessenden and directed by McQuaid from an original script by British filmmaker Ashley Thorpe, The Demon Huntsman plunders an obscure folk tale about a spectral figure, his nefarious steed and pack of devil hounds who stalk the innocent (and not so innocent) across the mysterious, windswept British moors.
Known for his visually voluptuous animated short films, it’s great to see Thorpe explore his familiar universe of forgotten British folk lore without the aid of his distinctive images. But thanks to a juicy little script, some fine voice work and an absolutely brilliant soundscape by the Tales From Beyond The Pale crew, The Demon Hunstman takes us on a galloping, midnight jaunt through the rain-soaked, lightning-riddled Devonshire moors. It beautifully captures Thorpe’s aesthetic and joins the ranks of his earlier works as yet another charming love letter to the sumptuous Hammer Horror Film.
To download this and other episodes, visit the website at:http://talesfrombeyondthepale.com/ (And make sure you take the time to savour Ghoulish Gary Pullin’s lovely poster art.)
And for more about Ashley Thorpe and Carrion Films, visit: http://carrionfilms.co.uk/